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About Town: Tocaya Organica, The Sicilian Baker, Dog Haus

Tocaya Organica Santa Monica-based Tocaya Organica opened its second Arizona location on May 5, 2019, in Scottsdale Fashion Square.  I feel the term Fresh Mex was overused in the ‘90’s, so I will describe this concept as Healthy Modern Mex.  Tocaya Organica offers counter-service in a hip, contemporary space with soothing color tones.  Vegans, vegatarians and carnivores alike will be pleased by the wide range …

Three Days in Cairo

Yipee! I finally got around to working on posting about our fabulous, once-in-a-lifetime trip to Egypt. I have split it into two sections: Cairo and the Nile Cruise. The hardest part was choosing which photos to use…I have close to 500. Enjoy!! The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities Commonly known as the Egyptian Museum, the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities has been in the current location in …

Vegan Omakase Menu at Sushi Roku

A couple of years ago I took my friend Laura, who is vegan, with me on a photo shoot at a sushi restaurant.  While she couldn’t eat any of the plates, she went along happily and lent me her beautifully manicured nails so that I could get just the right shot (see my post here).  Since then, I have often wondered what vegan/vegetarian eaters like …

Cloth & Flame

Last spring at our school auction, Hubby and I, along with some friends, bought a desert dining experience with a local company, Cloth & Flame.  As a result of following their Instagram page, I had been fascinated by the idea gourmet dining in the desert under the stars in the company of great friends.  When the appointed date rolled around, sixteen of us were picked …

About Town: Tryst Cafe, KOVO and Killer Burger

I am far overdue for an update so please forgive me.  Championship swim season has me traveling from Texas to California to watch my little ones compete.  I play catch up while I am home, and promise to continually be on the look out for the latest and greatest.  On the plus side, I have been able to sneak away and do some fun traveling …

Devour Culinary Classic 2019

The 10th annual Devour Culinary Classic took place over the weekend of February 23-24 in the spectacular setting of the Desert Botanical Gardens. A celebration of the Valley’s culinary scene, this is the largest culinary festival in Phoenix, and one not to be missed. The event is hosted by Devour Phoenix, a coalition of independent, local restaurants whose aim is to promote the local dining …

Happy Valentine’s Day

You may recall that in October (the 23rd to be exact), I went to The Mayo Clinic for my yearly physical.  While I had been watching my LDL cholesterol levels rise over the last 5 years, it wasn’t until my coronary calcium test revealed calcium build up in my arteries that I made a radical switch to a whole-food-plant-based (WFPB) diet as an alternative to …

Banza Chickpea Pasta

I was recently approached by a company called Banza to test their pasta product.  The timing was fortuitous, as it coincided with the start of what I call Operation Lower Cholesterol.  Other than free product, I have not been compensated for this post.  All opinions are of my own, and I happen to love this product!  Banza pasta is made from chickpeas, and contains twice …

Top Culinary Trends 2019

I get asked often regarding trends I see in the restaurant industry, so I felt this topic may be relevant for the start of a new year.  As a reference, I looked to the National Restaurant Association’s “What’s Hot” survey, an annual survey that asks chefs to identify food and beverage trends for the coming year. The following is a preview of the culinary themes …

Winter Wrap Up

I have been so busy this fall and winter, but still made time in between cheering kids on at swim meets both in Texas and in AZ to experience some interesting eats.  I have grouped them together to give you a snapshot of the last two months. As always, feel free to add a comment or message me with any questions, or ideas for places …